Monday, August 31st, 2020 in collection highlights, history of Travis County, Portal to Texas History, research.
Convict leasing was a system of penal labor in which prisoner labor was leased to private parties. The practice began in Texas and other southern states shortly after the Civil War, when officials realized they had a large population of prisoners to care for and very little money. Leasing the inmates to private individuals appeared to offer […]
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 in collection highlights, history of Travis County, Portal to Texas History, research.
In Texas, one of the duties of the Commissioners’ Court is the construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges. County roads are public roads that are located outside of city limits but within the county boundaries. City roads are the responsibility of cities, and interstate highways and farm to market (FM) roads are the […]
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 in collection highlights, explore Travis County, history of Travis County, Portal to Texas History, research.
In a series of posts, we will be highlighting some of Travis County’s lesser known records and the unique information they contain. Travis County Poor Farm Record: 1890-1900 (1 volume). Ledger includes an inventory of property belonging to the Travis County Poor Farm; list of paupers; list of hands hired; list of county convicts sent […]
Monday, May 18th, 2020 in collection highlights, collections, County Clerk, Portal to Texas History, research.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked at the Archives is: “Do you have a copy of my property survey?” The short answer is no, and here’s why. Land surveys are documents that establish the boundaries of a property. Surveys document boundaries when new parcels of land are being developed, and also […]
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 in collections, County Clerk, Portal to Texas History, research.
What are deeds? Deeds are legal records that document the ownership and conveyance of property. Deeds record the transfer of real estate from the current owner (grantor) to a new owner (grantee). How do I search for deeds? The deed is one of the oldest and most common types of county records. Deed records in […]